REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Government Relations

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.


Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers.  For more information please visit

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


The Government Relations and Policy intern will focus on American Rivers’ work with the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC).  Specifically, the intern will learn about the hydropower licensing process run through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The primary project is to evaluate settlement agreements American Rivers is party to and compare obligations of non-governmental organizations, utilities/private companies, and governmental regulators. For someone who is interested in environmental law, energy law, contract law, and/or administrative law, this opportunity will provide the ability to dig directly into settlement agreements (which encompass all four) and learn the different ways parties to licensing are obligated to each other and by the public interest. Hydropower licensing impacts water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and navigability. The strong protections for each of these interests included in the U.S. Code make it a dynamic policy field.


  • Graduate/law student preferred, but outstanding undergraduate candidates will be considered
  • Ability to quickly absorb and synthesize information as well as be a self-starter with a thirst for knowledge
  • Comfortable with managing long-term and short-term assignments as well as coordinating with the legal and implementation teams at American Rivers
  • A familiarity with the conservation world and/or an enthusiasm for the outdoors is preferred

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: American Rivers’ fall 2018 internship will begin September 10 and will end in December. This internship requires a commitment of at least 24 hours (3 days) per week. Internships are unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute. In addition to the travel subsidy, where available we will work with the intern to gain school credit.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to with “Policy Internship” in the subject line.  Please include in the cover letter why you are interested in the internship and your future career goals.  No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply